Jack Davis

Okanagan Morning, 1980, Jack Davis, acrylic on paper, 24" x 20", 1980.01.01. Purchase made possible through the support of Casabello Wines Ltd. and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Similkameen, n.d., Jack Davis, acrylic on paper, 44.5 cm x 59.5 cm, 1980.01.02. Gift of the artist.

Black Monogram, 1981, Jack Davis, serigraph, artist's proof, 45 x 43 cm, 1981.01.01. Gift of the artist. 

Jack Davis

Born: New Jersey, 1920

Died: Summerland, 1998


Jack Davis a native of New Jersey, moved to Summerland and studied architectural drafting for a year and a half after graduating from high school as an honour student. Following his discharge from the U.S. Air Force, he attended the Philadelphia College of Art, graduating with a major in advertising design. He worked for a short time at a Philadelphia art service, the moved to San Francisco where he developed his skills as a package designer. His first advertising position was as production manager, and he was later employed as art director at various advertising agencies. In the late 1960’s he was awarded first prize in the outdoor poster category in an annual creative competition of the Advertising Association of the West.

In the 1960’s he became active as a “Sunday Painter”, one man shows and in 1972 emigrated to Canada with his wife, Tiz.

Davis exhibited in numerous shows, including the Los Angeles County Museum, DeYoung Memorial Museum in San Francisco, the Richmond California Art Museumand the Vancouver Art Gallery. Besides two San Francisco solo shows, he’s had a number of one man shows in Vancouver, North Vancouver and the Okanagan. His work is represented in the Canada Council Art Bank Collection, the public art collection of the City of Vancouver, the Penticton Art Gallery, the Hiram Walker and Sons Collection of Canadian Art, and in numerous private collections in the U.S. and Canada.

Jack was also a founding member of the Okanagan Artists Alternative Association that was founded in 1988.

The Penticton Art Gallery is grateful to have this work as a part of our Permanent Collection.